Vermont’s Fire Apparatus Magazine sold to PennWell

first_imgPennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired Tunbridge, Vermont-based Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and the website FireMagazine.com. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, founded in 1996 in Tunbridge, Vermont by C. Peter and Kathryn Jorgensen under the company name Fire Apparatus, LLC, is widely recognized as the leading source of information about fire apparatus-related products. Published monthly for a North American readership of 35,000, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment caters to fire chiefs, purchasing and finance committees, trustees, commissioners and other fire professionals who buy trucks, tools, turnout gear and firefighting equipment. They read Fire Apparatus and the monthly Fire Apparatus eNewsletter for news and insight to make well-informed buying decisions.Noting that PennWell is the undisputed leader in providing information for the fire service as publisher of Fire Engineering magazine and owner of the FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) trade show, PennWell President and Chief Executive Officer Robert F. Biolchini said, “PennWell is pleased to expand our fire portfolio with this outstanding publication and website, which provides us a vertical extension focused on equipment and apparatus. Since 1996 Kathryn Jorgensen and her late husband Peter Jorgensen have built their company based on editorial excellence and a strong industry reputation. Fire Apparatus offers a perfect fit with PennWell as we celebrate our own centennial anniversary this year.”Fire Apparatus, LLC President Kathryn Jorgensen will assist with the transition and expressed her confidence in PennWell as the best home for the future growth of the publication and website. “My goal in selling Fire Apparatus was to find a publisher who would continue and strengthen the magazine that my husband founded. I am very pleased that PennWell, which has an excellent reputation in the fire service and in providing information to multiple global markets, will do that,” she said.PennWell will manage the business from its headquarters in Tulsa under Lyle Hoyt, senior vice president responsible for PennWell’s Dental and Fire Groups. Current Fire Apparatus publisher and sales manager Bob Kelly and editor-in-chief Lyn Bixby will continue in those roles under PennWell.In addition to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and website, PennWell’s fire-related businesses include Fire Engineering, which has published continuously since 1877 as the leading training magazine for the fire service, along with the more recently launched FireEngineering.com and Fire Engineering University. Founded in 1928, PennWell’s FDIC is the oldest and largest firefighter training show in the world and is held annually for 26,000 attendees and 817 exhibitors occupying 352,000 net square feet at the Indianapolis Convention Center. PennWell is launching a new event, TAK-Response Conference and Exhibition, which will be held September 14’16, 2010 in San Jose, California to provide real-time, threat-based training for law enforcement, fire service, EMS/medical, emergency nursing, homeland security and other disaster professionals. As part of its international expansion, PennWell will hold its first Fire Engineering India Conference & Exhibition in May 2011 in New Delhi, India.PennWell’s dedication to the fire service led to the creation of the Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation following the tragic terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. This independent, tax-free foundation will exist in perpetuity to annually bestow the Courage and Valor medal and a cash award to the firefighter (or his family, if deceased) who has most exemplified Courage and Valor in a fire rescue. Since 2002 the Courage and Valor award has been presented annually at FDIC in Indianapolis.About PennWellCelebrating its centennial in 2010, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries in addition to fire and emergency services: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, nanotechnology, aerospace and avionics, LEDS and lighting, and dental.Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. Source: PennWell Corporation On Friday August 20, 2010, 3:40 pmTULSA, Okla., Aug. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

HAMMERING FOR HUMANITY

first_imgBy Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER The spotlights of optimism and media attention begin shining on San Pedro today as more than a thousand Habit for Humanity volunteers join a former president to work on 16 homes for the poor. As volunteers from across the nation began to arrive over the weekend, business owners said they were pleased with the attention that Jimmy Carter and the project would bring to the port town. Carter, who spearheads the nonrofit, will be staying at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro, which along with Doubletree Hotel in the Cabrillo Marina is hosting the visitors. He and former first lady Rosalynn Carter also are expected to have dinner tonight at the Whale & Ale. “I’m thrilled,” Silber said. But not everyone in town is equally pleased with the Habitat project, which actually started months ago. “The dust has been horrible all summer, they never watered it down. My poor wife has been constantly cleaning,” said Salvador Llamas, who lives across from the build site on Palos Verdes Street. “And in the morning at 6 a.m. come the big trucks – beep, beep, beep.” Llamas said he had to purchase a new sofa because his old one got so filthy from the dust. Others complain that they’ve had to wash their cars every three days because of the dirt kicked up from the project. Johnny Torres, who also lives across from the site, said he’s most offended by Habitat’s lack of sensitivity to people in the neighborhood. “There was no communication about what was going on, no informational meetings. They sent out a flier saying they were going to start construction, but it was in English, and everyone here speaks Spanish,” Torres said. “They must have just thought because we are poor and don’t speak English that we wouldn’t mind.” Other residents, while they acknowledge the good cause, bemoan the traffic and worry the new homes will bring more congestion into an area where it’s already difficult to find a parking spot. Then, of course, there’s the view for some of the neighbors – it’s gone. “I used to be able to see all the ships and the water and the (Vincent Thomas) bridge,” said Fidel Dominguez. “It was very good. Now it’s terrible.” “We don’t own much, but the value of our homes is now going to go down,” said Llamas, who received an information packet on the build last spring that contained glossy Jimmy Carter Work Project fliers and a Starbucks gift card. “When Jimmy Carter comes, I’ll give him some coffee,” he said. Another neighbor, however, said she’s happy about the Habitat project, primarily because the homes are being built on a former vacant lot where drugs were peddled under a tree and people dumped old mattresses and garbage and set fire to old cars. “The people who move in have already said they want to get involved in the neighborhood,” said Maria, a resident who would not give her last name. “They will be an improvement.” Plans for the project began in late 2005, when the nonprofit bought the 1.1-acre hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles. In the summer, construction crews completed the foundations and started constructing the frames for the duplexes. Habitat for Humanity is best known for completing large projects in short time periods – in India last year, Habitat built 100 homes in a mere five days – but things have been different in Los Angeles. Because of the city’s stringent building codes and permit processes, the houses have already been partially completed, leaving only superficial work for the volunteers. So instead of putting in insulation or connecting electrical lines, volunteers will mostly paint, landscape, finish roofs and sidings, and put other final touches on the homes. Habitat has more than enough volunteers to finish the job. Those who wanted to pitch in began applying more than a year ago, so locals wanting to help at the last minute are dissuaded from showing up at the sites with work gloves. “A lot of people use their vacation time to go on Habitat builds – every year they’ll follow the project,” said Habitat spokeswoman Sara Shiffman. Volunteering comes at a cost. Shiffman said participants pay $800, which includes room and board for the week. However, Hollywood stars hoping to pose with the hammer of good will are not likely to be turned away. Celebrity supporters in the past have included Snoop Dog, Ashton Kutcher, Sharon Stone, William Shatner, Jon Bon Jovi and the Beastie Boys. For those who travel thousands of miles just to be a part of an altruistic cause, no task is too menial. “This is a gathering of people who have figured out why we’re here, and I don’t mean Los Angeles. I mean here on Earth,” said Tom Gerdy, a contractor who lives in Virginia. “And that is to look out after each other. We’re here because our hearts have told us to be here.” The 16 families chosen to receive homes will also be doing some hard laboring this week. As part of their agreement, they must put in 500 hours of “sweat equity” to receive the homes at zero percent interest on a mortgage that’s only as much as the homes cost to build. “Habitat figured out what the government is still struggling to realize – that unless people invest their blood, sweat and tears into building their home, they won’t be invested in it,” Gerdy said. “These homes aren’t handouts, they’re hand-ups.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is a huge event that will put San Pedro on the map nationally and regionally,” said Whale & Ale restaurant owner Andrew Silber. Habitat for Humanity estimates more than 1,200 volunteers will participate in the San Pedro event. Another project site in South Los Angeles, as well as 70 smaller projects around the city, are expected to draw thousandsmegan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com more. With the influx of benevolent visitors wielding dinner vouchers for local restaurants, business owners expect many will stick around to spend money in town. “My hope is that they will want to have a martini or a house beer and have a little fun once they’re done working,” said San Pedro Brewing Co. restaurant owner James Brown. “I just hope they don’t drink too much and miss hammering the nails the next day.” last_img read more